Goodbye Lenin!: A film by Wolfgang Becker [DVD]

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A touching story of a son's devotion to his mother and a wry commentary on how not all East Germans were thrilled by the fall of the Berlin Wall.


October 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you lived in East Germany, and this is precisely what happens to Alex's mother, an activist for social progress and the improvement of everyday life in socialist East Germany. Alex has a big problem on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved country? To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed. What begins as a little white lie gets more and more out of hand as Alex's mother, who feels better every day, wants to watch TV and even leaves her bed one day…

The film won (and was nominated for) the following awards:

Awards won:

•  Bambi Award
•  Audience Award (Bavarian Film Awards)
•  Blue Angel Award
•  Bodil Award
•  César Award
•  DGGB Award
•  Euregio Film Award
•  3 Audience Awards (European Film Awards)
•  3 European Film Awards
•  Best Foreign Film Award
•  Audience Award (German Film Awards)
•  7 Film Awards in Gold
•  Screenplay Award
•  Golden Screen
•  Goya Award
•  Guild Film Award - Gold
•  ALFS Award
•  Robert Award
•  Audience Award (Sant Jordi Awards)
•  Audience Award (Turia Awards)
•  Film Discovery Jury Award
•  Jury Special Prize

Nominated for:

•  Silver Condor
•  BAFTA Film Award
•  Golden Berlin Bear
•  David Award
•  2 European Film Awards
•  German Camera Award
•  2 Film Awards in Gold
•  Golden Globe
•  Golden Trailer
•  Guldbagge Award
•  Silver Ribbon
•  Golden Spike

Read full plot and other details at the IMDb web site.

This movie comes from our personal collection and only one piece is available

DVD rating
Rating - Like New
Like New: a DVD in perfect condition. The box or jewel case is clean and vivid, with no signs of wear.


Wolfgang Becker


Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Florian Lukas, Alexander Beyer, Burghart Klaußner


Colour, PAL, Widescreen

Main soundtrack

•  Dolby Digital 5.1
•  Dolby 2.0 Stereo



Special features

•  Play trailer
•  Other releases


Region 2 

Aspect ratio


Number of discs



BBFC_15      IFCO_15


20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Release date

3 September 2007 in the U.K.

Run time

116 minutes (1 hour 56 mins)






  • SKU: MOV-COM-GEN-1002

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